|Posted on April 23, 2015 at 11:50 PM||comments (1493)|
Here's Mama and babies today!
They've been growing and developing beautifully! They are now romping and playing all around the room. Even better, they've just about mastered the litter box. Took a little while for them to get the hang of it, but they're doing well now.
I've been offering some moistened dry food to the kittens, but today was the first time I saw any of them eat it. Dougless and Thor chowed down alongside Mama. Later I saw Dorian eating out of Mama's food dish, and Luci was licking out the cat food can. . .
A couple of days ago, Dougless investigated the water bowl, putting her two front feet in it as kittens are wont to do. She went too far, slipped and fell in! So one kitty got her first bath. I got a towel and dried her off. It was too funny!
Michael got this adorable pic of the babies a few days ago:
And of course I have the latest weight chart:
You can see Dorian has caught up! Thor is maintaining his lead.
The kitties love to climb all over me. They like to bite, which I'm trying to discourage! They frequently wrestle with each other and sometimes with Mama. It's amazing to see how much they've grown, but they're still wee babies that can be held in one hand. So precious and delightful.
|Posted on April 12, 2015 at 11:10 PM||comments (17717)|
The babies have their eyes fully open now and are starting to get more interested in their external environment. They're making the transition from eat-and-sleep machines to playful kittens! They're staring to groom themselves and each other, and bite each other, too! Playfully, of course. Maybe they're tasting each other. I'll need to set up a litter box for the kittens soon--they'll be 3 weeks old tomorrow!
Individual personalities are becoming apparent. Elke is the quiet one; sometimes she'll mew softly, other times I see a silent meow. Thor seems quite outgoing; he was really hooked on licking my arm yesterday! Luci still meows QUITE loudly when picked up! They all seem to love tummy rubs.
Mama VK loves tummy rubs too. I try to give her plenty of love and cuddling too, and tell her what a good mama kitty she is.
Thor (in front) is still the biggest and maintaining his lead. I believe that's Dorian at the back--he's still the runt but is growing nicely.
Mama VK and two of the kittens were having some eye issues--runny eyes in Mama's case, and eyes getting stuck back shut again in the kittens' case. I took all the kittens with me to the vet (didn't want to separate them from Mama, and also figured the vet could help me determine their gender for sure).
I had already determined that Luciano was probably a girl--this was confirmed, so she's Luci now. Thor and Dorian are boys, Dougless, Elke, and Luci are girls.
Anyway, got eye drops for VK and eye ointment for the kittens. The ointment is easier to apply than the drops! All of them started looking better after the first dose. Luci did so much better that I had a hard time determining which eye to medicate!
Here's that growth chart I promised:
All but Dorian have about tripled their birth weights. One can see that Dorian has been growing more quickly in more recent days. They'll probably be ready to start eating and drinking from a dish within the next week. . .
|Posted on April 5, 2015 at 11:40 PM||comments (151)|
The kittens are 13 days old today!
I got a great pic of Dorian (the runt!) on Thursday. He's still small but seems to be doing well. After 4 days of supplemental feeding with lackluster results after the first day's substantial weight gain, I stopped giving him extra milk. He's been gaining at a higher rate since then.
All the kittens have their eyes open now, although Luciano still has one stuck shut, after it had opened. Guess kittens can react to pollen too? Thor had the same issue but both his eyes are open now.
Mama Vicki is doing well. I took her a few toys but she didn't seem interested in playing with them just now. I'm sure that once the kittens start getting old enough to be playful, Vicki will join right in! Another two weeks and they'll be running around, bouncing off the walls. . .
Finally got around to preparing the kitten weight trend! Thor continues to maintain the lead--he's a beast! Dorian got off to a slow start but is making good progress.
|Posted on March 31, 2015 at 11:50 PM||comments (653)|
I have grandcats!
A friendly stray kitty showed up in our backyard near the end of January. She fit right in with our backyard (feral) cats, and we let her hang around while we talked about finding a home for her. After several weeks she started looking rather chubby--yes, pregnant!
My guess is that her previous owner observed some mating activity and dumped her. VK (or Vicki, as we sometimes call her) gave birth on March 23. The first picture shows the babies the day they were born.
This next picture is the kittens today...
And my MIL had the cute idea of putting the kittens in an Easter basket:
I've been weighing them every day and will post a chart of their weights soon!
The red tabby is the biggest and I've named him Thor. There are two plain gray tabbies, one gray tabby bicolor, and one black kitty.
I'm not absolutely certain of their genders so far; half guessing here. The lighter gray tabby is Dorian, the dark gray tabby is Dougless, the bicolor is Elke, and the black is Luciano. The bicolor is spoken for by my friend Laura Dabney, so I was thinking of her as "LK" for Laura's kitty. Since I think that one's a girl, I decided to call her Elke. The black one has the loudest meow, so I named him after Pavarotti. Dorian got the name because he's gray. Dougless, because she's dark gray (DG). Thor, because he's so honkin' big.
On the day of their birth, Dorian and Thor tied for biggest with 4.1 oz each. Now Dorian is the runt! He was so far behind his siblings that I started supplementing his diet last night. I'm giving him goat's milk with a syringe. He was the biggest gainer today, so I'm hoping he'll be okay. He seems healthy and perky, just slower to grow.
The kittens' eyes are starting to open; Thor had one eye partly open yesterday, but the other is still firmly closed. Luciano has both eyes mostly open as of today. They're still mostly just eating and sleeping, but they creep around a bit more than they used to. Their legs have gotten sturdier and they feel more substantial, but they are still tiny, helpless creatures.